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Emma Stone, Jesse Plemmons to Star in Yorgos Lanthimos Movie Bugonia

Emma Stone, Jesse Plemmons to Star in Yorgos Lanthimos Movie Bugonia

A day after his latest film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Yorgos Lanthimos’ new films has been announced. The director will helm, Bugonia, starring Emma Stone and Jess Plemmons, who lead his latest movie Kinds of Kindness.

The script from Will Tracy follows two conspiracy obsessed men, who kidnap the high-powered CEO of a major company, convinced that she is an alien intent on destroying planet Earth.

Bugonia has been picked up by Focus Features for the U.S. with Universal Pictures distributing internationally. This is Lanthimos leaving his recent home of Searchlight, which has released many of his films including Oscar winners Poor Things and The Favourtie, as well as the upcoming Kinds of Kindness.

Bugonia is based on the 2003 South Korean sci-fi comedy, Save the Green Planet, with the English language version developed by Miky Lee’s CJ ENM with Midsommar director Ari Aster and Lars Knudsen at Square Peg. 

Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe will produce for Element Pictures, along with Lanthimos, Aster, Knudsen, Stone, and Lee and Jerry Kyoungboum Ko for CJ ENM.

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Peter Kujawski, chairman of Focus Features, said in a statement: “Yorgos Lanthimos is a cinematic visionary with a singular style that has captivated audiences worldwide. We could not be more excited to partner with him, Emma and the incredible teams at Element, Square Peg and CJ ENM to reimagine this twisted and darkly funny story.”

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